Oceans and seas

Aphotic zone

October 26, 2011, 11:49 am

The aphotic zone is the region below the euphotic zone where no light is available for photosynthesis. Several ocean zones are within the aphotic zone including the bathypelagic zone and the abyssal zone.

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caption Ocean depth divisons. Source: Creative Commons


Further Reading:

  • Physical Oceanography Index




(2011). Aphotic zone. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbecf17896bb431f68ea71


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